December 13, 2009 Subject:
Too Hot to Touch
There is a shortage of superlatives to describe this band. Just about every single performance was dripping with energy and pushing the limits of improvisation. This beast stands a little bit taller than most with surely the best single-set performance of the band's all-too-brief career.
From the first notes of "Five B4 Funk" to the face-melting "Point of No Return," "Spring Waters" climax, the overwhelming power of this band is undeniable.
There are some stellar-quality recordings of KVHW, and this one doesn't quite hold up to those. Still, compared to many others shows archive this is quite decent.
But the playing is so intense it doesn't matter. Kimock rips through much of the set and the band manages to maintain an amazingly high level of intensity throughout. The softer moments of Moon and Return are a nice complement and chance to catch your breath.
February 15, 2006 Subject:
there's probably a good stage recording of this somewhere. but it's very hard to mic the crystal in a way to capture a good recording of stage because of its different anglew and aud loudness
My only comment other than what has been said is that the "Green People Jam" sounds more related to what would become the SKB tune "Bronx Experiment," rahter than "Incantation." Although both SKB tunes do have a middle eastern vibe and style.
This is an amazing set of music segued together nicely by some amazing players. Get it.
December 9, 2005 Subject:
Great to see this show back on the server! Not perfect quality, but it's a solid recording of a fun show. The Middle Eastern Jam is a mesmerizing groove that foreshadows "Incantation", a song that Kimock would debut with SKB a couple of years later. Too bad that the left channel drops out for the last half of Spring Water.
December 22, 2004 Subject:
the dogs danglys
Just been listening to garaj mahal and found this by searching for more stuff from the drummer. This is well good listening, talk about shit hot even 5 years ago!! download and listen at once!!
This is classic bad-ass KVHW at their finest. Nine>Ring>Nine> Arabic Jam>Pau Pau Go>Jam>Pau Pau Go.
Pau Pau Go Trivia!
Did you know KVHW's drummer Alan Hertz wrote Pau Pau Go? He said there are two ways they played it; jammed-out and techno-ish. This show has a good example of a jammed-out Pau Pau Go. The most breakbeat-electronica sounding PPG was played on 2-26-99 at the Fillmore SF, a 4+ hour masterpiece.
ON-stage Nak300s... Dr. Bob's tapes... they're out there. I should note- there are better sources of this show than what's posted.